Are you interested in gathering, interpreting, and checking financial information that will help your company make better business decisions? Do you want to interpret financial data to determine how many products your company should make? Or figure out what information is relevant for your investors? Then the specialization in Accounting and Business Information Technology could be right for you. The specialization is part of the master's program in International Business. Accounting isn’t just number crunching and ledgers; it's the backbone of any organization, at the center of some of the most important business decisions. And international accounting principles are just that - international. You can take your qualification across the globe. The Accounting and Information Management department at the School of Business and Economics is a research powerhouse, collaborating with the EU and many European auditing firms.
also available as a two-year, part-time program in Dutch (IB/Accounting and Control)
work in auditing, consultancy, government accounting
Double Degree options
1-year, full-time master's, taught in English
starts in February & September
weekly: 8 hrs classes, 14 hrs group work, 18 hrs individual study
you’ll get an MSc in International Business with a specialization in Accounting and Business Technology
Why this program?
Accounting is the backbone of any company. Without it, employees, processes, and products can't be organized and maintained. Financial information needs to be gathered, interpreted and checked in order to be able to make business decisions and provide relevant information to stakeholders. How many employees should we hire? How many products should we make? What information is relevant for investors in our company? These questions are the kinds you'll answer in this exciting study of Accounting and Business Information Technology.
Amazing education opportunities
Premium honors program
Premium gives you that extra edge by offering real-world experience during your studies. As part of a team of students, you’ll build the experience and skills employers are looking for. Work on a real-world assignment for a company, NGO, or educational institution. Create a personal development plan. Participate in intensive individual coaching, masterclasses, and workshops.
Internships give you practical experience that enhances your studies and increases your employability. Many graduates often end up working at the organization where they intern. SBE encourages master’s students to do an extracurricular, 8-26 week internship. The SBE Internship Office has an extensive database of internship opportunities and is on hand for guidance and counseling.
Combine thesis & internship
Rather than face a trade-off between finishing their studies and doing an internship, SBE students have the option of combining the two. During the Thesis-Internship Programme (TIP), your thesis will be written on a topic relevant to a company or organization during a part-time internship. This gives your thesis focus and applicability and gives you practical work experience.
Courses & curriculum 2022 - 2023
Small teaching groups and practical case studies are excellent preparation for the world of work. Although these are common to all programs and tracks at the School of Business and Economics, they apply especially to Accountancy. In addition, many firms (for example large audit firms) engage in our curriculum to provide workshops and interactive lectures. The program provides the perfect mixture of core accountancy courses with a wide selection of electives you can use to make the program just the right fit for you and your goals.
EBC4037 Assurance Services and Audit Analytics
EBC4263 Data Analytics
EBS4011 Writing a Master’s Thesis Proposal IB Accounting, Information Management, and Business Intelligence
EBC4039 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
EBC4074 Advanced Financial Accounting
EBC4069 Risk, Control, and Compliance
Master's Thesis or Thesis Internship Programme
Rankings & recognition
Triple Crown accreditation - School of Business and Economics
Financial Times lauded SBE in best practice examples of sustainability, ethics, and social purpose in teaching and education methods
UM is the sixth-best Young University in the world
Financial Times MIM 2021: MSc International Business ranked #37 Masters in Management
Interaction with companies is fundamental to this specialization. You will have the opportunity to visit companies, meet future potential employers, join study associations, and attend guest lectures and workshops given by auditing firms such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. At the post-graduate stage, links with the corporate world are stronger still. The post-graduate programs listed below are a vital part of company management and executive development,t and executives of corporations sit on the programs’ Supervisory Board.
Certification and further education
After you graduate, you can enter the workforce directly. But you will probably also want to be certified as an accountant, either in the Netherlands or internationally, at the School of Business and Economics or at another prestigious institution abroad. Below are some of the options for continuing your education and getting professional certifications in Maastricht.
When you graduate, you can look for work in:
Some of the positions our graduates have held include:
Audit Manager at Deloitte
Internal Auditor at ING
Manager Business Restructuring Services at PwC